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BS in Environmental Science


This major consists of core courses in environmental science, chemistry, biology and physics, complemented by electives in these disciplines plus political science, communication and other fields. Scientific theory is blended with technical training, especially through field laboratory exercises and research projects. Skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication will culminate in a senior project.

Natural Science Requirement

The natural science requirement is met with ENVR101, ENVR102, ENVR201, and ENVR302

Writing-intensive course requirement

The writing intensive course requirement is met with ENVR 300.


Students are required to complete 70-73 hours in the major, including 16 hours in the required Physical Science III minor.


ENVR 101 Environmental Science
ENVR 102 Introduction to Geology
ENVR 220 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences
ENVR 300 Research Methods
ENVR 301 Geographic Information Systems
ENVR 460 Environmental Science Seminar
ENVR 490 Senior Project
MATH 121 Calculus I
BIOL 208 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 304 Ecology
BIOL 311 Botany
POLS 340 Environmental Politics

Plus Physical Sciences Minor III:

PHYS 101 General Physics I
PHYS 102 General Physics II
CHEM 111, 111L Chemistry Principles I
CHEM 112, 112L Chemistry Principles II

Plus choose nine hours from the following:

ENVR 201 Physical Geography
ENVR 202 Conservation Biology
ENVR 204 Tropical Island Systems
ENVR 302 Soil and Water Science
ENVR 250 Topics in Environmental Science

Plus choose two courses from the following:

BIOL 307 Introduction to Microbiology
BIOL 309 Marine Biology
BIOL 320 Zoology
BIOL 330 Field Studies in Biology
BIOL 402 Genetics
CHEM 303 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 305 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 307 Instrument Analysis
CHEM 308 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 403 Biochemistry I
CHEM 404 Biochemistry II
ENVR 320 Environmental Economics
ENVR 325 Environmental Philosophy
ENVR 450 Independent Study
COMM 200 Public Speaking
ECON 203 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 204 Principles of Microeconomics
INTS 220 Models of International Studies
PHIL 204 Introductory Logic
SOCI 425 Urban Sociology

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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